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DRUSKEE, Donald John

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Donald John Druskee, 1952-2018. (via Drake Cremation and Funeral Services)

It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of our brother and uncle, Don Druskee, on Oct. 7, 2018, after a brief illness.

He was born on Dec. 21, 1952, in Nelson where he began his schooling. The family moved to Kamloops in 1960 where Don completed his education and made many friends along the way. As the years progressed, Don continued to be active in the outdoors as well as participating in a wide variety of team sports – especially hockey – where he, like his brothers, was a natural.

In his early twenties, he enjoyed a long stint in the Royal Canadian Navy, where he trained as a Marine Engineer. In 1978, and back in civilian life, Don spent some time with Holland-America Cruises. Then it was on to several Power Engineering positions, which took him to Vancouver, Tofino, Kamloops then finally up to 100 Mile House, where he worked for Ainsworth OSB from 1993 through 2007. Some minor health issues contributed to an early retirement, prompting Don to return to his home in Kamloops. He continued with many of his hobbies and interests, particularly photography, cycling and anything outdoors.

Don was predeceased by his father, Percy, (1997), his mother, Elsie, (2017) and his older brother, Richard, (1997).  He is survived by sister, Karen, her three children; Melanie, (daughter Justine), Jennifer and Daniel – all of Ontario, plus his brother, Howard, (daughter Annie) – both of Kamloops, and, Richard’s children; Natalie and Layla, plus their children; Sadie, Avery, Hannah and Owen – all of Kamloops,  as well as numerous cousins in various parts of Canada.

Like his siblings, Don was a talented writer, having numerous articles published. He always maintained a keen sense of humour even when faced with adversity.  There were few regrets, but two of note would be that he never got to appear as a contestant on Jeopardy and, he will not see his special niece, Annie, graduate high school. The two of them had a unique bonding that will forever endure. Several months ago, he graciously set her up with a Galaxy S9+ then she quickly showed him how they could text each other from near and far. There was always an abundance of jokes and clever comments between the two of them. Our family unit will continue to thrive, with everlasting love and support from our increasing network of friends.

At Donald’s request, there will be no formal service, but a gathering of family and friends will occur at a later date. In lieu of cards or flowers, he also suggested a nice donation to the SPCA – or a local charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent via DrakeCremation.com




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